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Arla Casselman and John Grote
of Ewing Fruit Company in Warren

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Arla Casselman and John Grote of Ewing Fruit Company in Warren. Arla and John farm approximately 30 acres of MOFGA-certified organic wild blueberries. They offer fresh and frozen blueberries directly from the farm. Blueberries are being pollinated now and will be available in August. Visit their Facebook page to learn more and to place an order. Arla is also a participant in MOFGA's journeyperson program as she works toward expanding their business to include flowers and floral design.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Urgent: Stop the Monsanto Protection Act Today
Food Democracy Now - 12/14/2012.
The “farmer assurance provision,” Section 733, is currently included in the FY2013 Agriculture Appropriations bill now being included in any omnibus spending bill being considered by Congress. This provision is an industry ploy to continue to sell genetically engineered seeds even when a court of law has found they were approved by USDA illegally.
Fertile soil doesn't fall from the sky
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - 12/14/2012.
By Tilo Arnhold – Remains of dead bacteria have far greater meaning for soils than previously assumed. Around 40 per cent of the microbial biomass is converted to organic soil components.
What If the World’s Soil Runs Out?
Time Magazine - 12/14/2012.
Some experts fear the world, at its current pace of consumption, is running out of useable topsoil. The World Economic Forum, in collaboration with Time, talked to University of Sydney professor John Crawford on the seismic implications soil erosion and degradation may have in the decades to come.
France bans controversial chemical BPA in food packaging
Raw Story - 12/13/2012.
By Agence France-Presse – The French parliament voted Thursday to ban the use of bisphenol A, a chemical thought to have a toxic effect on the brain and nervous system, in baby food packaging next year and all food containers in 2015.
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